This crazy video shows flight ops aboard French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in slow motion!

Footage in slow motion can be extremely useful to catch some details that would be missed at the normal speed.

Even more so if scenes were filmed during blue water ops involving French Navy Dassault-Breguet Super Étendard, Dassault Rafale M and E‑2C Hawkeye aircraft.

The following video brings you aboard France’s nuclear-powered Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier during a day of routine operations. In slow motion.


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  1. Great footage. Ex pat Brit/Irish living in northern France. Just got this in e mail after reading Charles de Gaulle, after spending January to July of this year being refitted & modernised, is to be taken out of service between September 2016 to February 2018 for another major overhaul. Latest date given for retirement is 2041.

  2. Watch the Super-Etendard take off around minute 1:50 or so. The cable that is used to launch the plane flies into the water. Is this standard practice that they get 1 launch per cable? Seems like a waste to have to have a stockpile of those cables to launch the planes.

    For some reason i thought that they “caught” those some how, but i guess not. looking at old US Navy footage and at around 2:33 on this video there is a splash in the water that i have to assume is the cable from the Phantom launch.

    • You should watch the French movie from 1965 “Le Ciel sur la Tete” which shows you exactly that

    • I believe back in the day US carriers used a net positioned out there to catch what they could.

    • It’s called a bridle. Sometimes they go over the side.
      However, I for one would limit the launches to a certain
      amount and then deep six it.

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